slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper with a small tan head. Raisins, toffee, and vanilla on the nose. Dark brown sugar, raisins, port and alcohol. An excellent sipping beer and one I plan to cellar for a while to see how it developes. Founders does it again.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really liked this one. It gave me a buzz and tickled my tongue. Hoppy and strong. Nice copper color and decent head. Sediments were floating around and I wanted another for the road oh wait 9.8 a yes sir!
Zekada (266) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share from a friend. Aroma has malt, dates and grapes. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Taste has some malts and is bittersweet with some fruit. Palate is medium thick and lingers in the mouth. Overall an okay beer. Nice body but you could wish for more taste.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of raison, honey, and butterscotch. The first sip is funky, very unique tasting beer. Has a creamy body. Tastes like a butterscotch candy mixed with vanilla, caramel, and rum. This is a peculiar beer, with lots of interesting flavors. Has a moderate bitterness, some sugary notes as well, with a lasting alcohol finish. It is low on my drinkability scale though due to its buttery, honey characteristics.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle at home: Pours a nice dark tarnished copper with a decently creamy but fading yellowed head. Huge malt aroma bursts over the rim of the glass. Rich caramel, honey and treacle drizzled all over the mounds of malt. Toasted light brown bread crumbled on top and just a pinch of herbal hop for garnish. All topped off with a shot of whiskey malt. The massive malt continues on the tongue with a quick hop burst. The sweet caramel, and toasted malt notes push the hops to the side and roll on to the back. Medium-full bodied brew offers a nice creaminess as it glides over the tongue. As the beer reaches the back it thins out with alcohol and rockets down your throat with a nice warming effect. The hops then jump on this chance to pop back up in to the back-sides of your mouth. The hops and pure caramel stick around and have a party until the next sip arrives. Thats a nice beer. Just a touch less alcohol and this would be a truly amazing story.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Founders is on it again!!What a cool brew this is..barleywine-esque with the rasin/prune notes with tons of hops and dried fuit on the palate.This beast is just a tiny notch under the best beers I’ve tried this year.Cool brew that makes me realize why some people say Founders is the best brewery in the US....
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle to tulip, just shy of a year old:
A dark amber gold with a finger and a half of dense, lacy creme brulee head. On the nose there’s tons of figs and candied sugar. Booze really pulls through with a soft snort. On the tongue, there’s every element of the aroma with the addition of some harsh nutty bits. Far more aggressive than I was anticipating. Overall, a decent beer with all its ducks in a row but I’m going to give the other three some time to relax.
ebone1988 (263) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 Rerated, 2013 batch: Aroma is complex, sweet malt and bready. Appearance is darkish amber, off-white-to-beige two-finger head. Taste is sweet raisins and toffee moving toward bitter, slightly boozy. Mouthfeel starts off creamy and finishes much smoother. Overall, this is not a beer for starters, and I rerated because I first had it as a starter. Not much as changed, it does taste much better with age though.
Doghair (263) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy reddish with a viscous foam that melts to a film. Nice caramel, vanilla, malty aroma. Taste is sweet malty caramel. Some coffee? Bitter finish. More complex than I can describe. Evolves as it warms. Great experience.
More beer please...
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Gabe. Poured murky brown with small head. Malty, sweet aroma with a small hint of chocolate. Taste is similar to a barley wine. Not a bad brew.